Blue Jays’ Ryan Borucki tops players for Monday, Sept. 17; Cubs’ Hendricks tops NL players

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Blue Jays pitcher Ryan Borucki is Monday’s Box-Toppers Player of the Day.

Borucki struck out seven over eight scoreless innings, allowing three hits and one walk, in the 5-0 win over the Orioles.

Top 10 players

Here are the top 10 players in Box-Toppers points (BTP) for the 2018 season through the games of Sept. 17:  
 

Player Pos Team BTP
1 Scherzer, Max 2588 pi sp dc nl 23.1
2 Sale, Chris 2806 pi sp bos al 21.1
3 Snell, Blake 3688 pi sp tb al 20.8
4 Verlander, Justin 2112 pi sp hou al 20.1
5 Nola, Aaron 3569 pi sp phi nl 19.1
6 Kluber, Corey 3200 pi sp cle al 18.7
7 Cole, Gerrit 3232 pi sp hou al 18.0
8 Severino, Luis 3567 pi sp nyy al 17.7
9 Carrasco, Carlos 2885 pi sp cle al 17.1
10 Berrios, Jose 3791 pi sp min al 16.1
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Borucki earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day, giving him 3.0 for the season, 78th among American League pitchers.

National League Player of the Day—Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks struck out eight over 8 2/3 innings, allowing one run, three hits and one walk, in the 5-1 win over the Diamondbacks.

National League Batter of the Day—Michael Conforto of the Mets homered, doubled and went 3-for-5, scoring once and driving in six runs, in the 9-4 win over the Phillies.

American League Batter of the Day—Dan Vogelbach of the Mariners hit a pinch-hit, eighth-inning grand slam in the 4-1 win old the Astros.

This was Vogelbach’s Box-Toppers debut, the first time in his career he earned Player of the Game honors. Vogelbach made his Major League debut Sept. 12, 2016 and was playing in his 53rd career game. 

Notable—Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu has the most 2018 Box-Toppers points among the 12 who earned Player of the Game honors Monday.

Ryu (7IP 4H 0R 0BB 5K W in the 8-2 win over the Rockies) earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 9.1 for the season, 52nd among all players and 26th among NL pitchers.

Also notable—Christian Yelich of the Brewers hit for the cycle Monday and earned Player of the Game honors in the 8-0 win over the Reds.

Yelich (HR 3B 2B 4-4 R 4BI) had a Box-Toppers game score of +5.0, same as NL Batter of the Day Michael Conforto, but Conforto ranked ahead to earn the 0.5 bonus points for being NL Batter of the Day because he had more at bats—five vs. four. Yelich earns 1.0 Box-Toppers point, giving him 8.0 for the season, eighth among NL batters.

Debut—In addition to Vogelbach, three other players made their Box-Toppers debut Monday, each earning their first career Player of the Game honor:

  • Harrison Bader of the Cardinals (HR 1-1 R 3BI in the 11-6 win over the Braves) made his Major League debut July 25, 2017, and was playing in his 159th career game.

  • Twins pitcher Kohl Stewart (6IP 3H R 0ER 3BB 5K W in the 6-1 win over the Tigers) made his Major League debut Aug. 12 and was playing in his seventh career game.

  • Chris Shaw of the Giants (2-2B 3-3 R 0BI in the 4-2 win over the Padres) made his Major League debut Aug. 31 and was playing in his 13th career game. 

Scoring—Borucki earns 2.0 Box-Toppers points for being Player of the Day and Hendricks earns 1.7 points for being NL Player of the Day. Conforto and Vogelbach each earn 1.5 points for being their league’s Batter of the Day. All of Monday’s other Players of the Game (listed in the chart below) earn 1.0 Box-Toppers point.

About Box-Toppers—Box-Toppers tracks who most helps their team win the most games. Using standard box score statistics, Box-Toppers uses a simple formula to determine a Player of the Game for each Major League Baseball game played. That player is the person who contributed most to his team’s win. In regular season games, players earn 1.0 Box-Toppers point for being named Player of the Game and can earn bonus points for being Player of the Day or top player or batter in their league for the day.

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Top player from each game

Listed from highest to lowest Box-Toppers game score (BTG)

9/17 BTG Game Player AB R H BI IP H R ER BB K
MLB +11.0 TOR 5, BAL 0 Ryan Borucki (W, 4‑4) 8.0 3 0 0 1 7
NL +10.2 CHC 5, ARI 1 Kyle Hendricks (W, 12‑11) 8.2 3 1 1 1 8
+8.0 LAD 8, COL 2 Hyun‑Jin Ryu (W, 5‑3) 7.0 4 0 0 0 5
+8.0 TB 3, TEX 0 Tyler Glasnow (W, 2‑6) 6.0 2 0 0 2 6
BAT +5.0 NYM 9, PHI 4 Michael Conforto LF 5 1 3 6
+5.0 MIL 8, CIN 0 Christian Yelich LF 4 1 4 4
BAT +5.0 SEA 4, HOU 1 Daniel Vogelbach PH 1 1 1 4
+4.0 STL 11, ATL 6 Harrison Bader CF 1 1 1 3
+4.0 MIN 6, DET 1 Kohl Stewart (W, 2‑1) 6.0 3 1 0 3 5
+3.0 PIT 7, KC 6 Adam Frazier 2B 2 1 2 2
+2.0 MIA 8, WSH 5 Starlin Castro 2B 4 1 2 3
+1.0 SF 4, SD 2 Chris Shaw LF 3 1 3 0
MLB—Overall Box-Toppers Player of the Day, worth 2.0 total Box-Toppers points.
AL—Overall American League Player of the Day, worth 1.7 total Box-Toppers points.
NL—Overall National League Player of the Day, worth 1.7 total Box-Toppers points.
BAT—Top AL or NL Batter of the Day, worth 1.5 total Box-Toppers points.
All other players listed here earn Player of the Game honors, worth 1.0 Box-Toppers point.
` Pitcher had a no-decision in the game and did not pick up a win or a save.

Box-Toppers point totals of the day’s top players

Here are Box-Toppers point totals of each of the Player of the Game winners. Players are ranked by their Box-Toppers point total for the current season (’18). Also shown are each players’ Box-Toppers point total for this season and last (’17-18), the period 2013-2018 (’13-18) and each players’ career point total. Also shown is how their 2018 Box-Toppers point total compares with their 2017 total (+/-).

Player of the Game Pos Team ’18 ’17‑18 ’13‑18 Career +/‑
Ryu, Hyun-Jin 3139 pi sp lad nl 9.1 14.1 35.2 35.2 +4.1
Hendricks, Kyle 3386 pi sp chi nl 7.7 11.4 39.5 39.5 +4.0
Yelich, Christian 3334 rf lf cf mil nl 7.5 12.5 28.0 28.0 +2.5
Conforto, Michael 3622 lf nym nl 6.5 12.5 17.5 17.5 +0.5
Glasnow, Tyler 3948 pi mr sp tb al 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 +6.0
Borucki, Ryan 4034 pi sp tor al 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 +3.0
Frazier, Adam 3771 2b lf cf pit nl 2.5 7.0 7.0 7.0 -2.0
Castro, Starlin 2767 2b fla nl 2.0 7.0 20.5 32.5 -3.0
Vogelbach, Daniel 4070 ph sea al 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 +1.5
Bader, Harrison 4071 cf stl nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
Shaw, Chris 4073 lf sf nl 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
Stewart, Kohl 4072 pi mr min al 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 +1.0
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